Founded in 1969, The University of Texas at Dallas has evolved into one of the top research institutions in Texas and its programs in engineering and the biomedical sciences have gained national attention. With an enrollment of nearly 25,000, UT Dallas offers students a close-knit community with excellent student-faculty ratios of 21:1. However, UT Dallas is also backed by the powerful UT System and is aligned strategically with other institutions to offer advanced research opportunities traditionally found at larger institutions.
The success of students reflects UT Dallas’ rigorous academic and research focus. About 65% of UTD pre-med students are admitted to medical schools, compared to an average national admission rate of 45%. In addition, 91% of students advised through the Pre-Law Advising and Resource Center were admitted to one or more law schools.
The vibrant, dynamic and globally connected Dallas-Fort Worth area attracts a wide assortment of students and faculty to UTD. UT Dallas is ranked as a best value university by Kiplinger's and The Princeton Review and Times Higher Education ranks UT Dallas as #1 in Texas, #2 in the nation and #24 in the world among the top 150 universities under 50 years of age. UT Dallas consistently attracts top scholars. The average entering freshman SAT for fall 2015 was 1257 and nearly 33% of freshmen ranked in the top 10% of their high school class, with 64% in the top 25%. UT Dallas is ranked among the top 25 American universities in the number of National Merit Scholars enrolled.
Location and Environment
Located in Richardson, Texas, UTD is in a prime location that places it in the second largest state and the fourth largest metropolitan area in the nation. Because of the two local airports, Dallas Love Field and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the Dallas area is an international destination. Richardson, known as The Telecom Corridor, is home to diverse global technology-based companies. Eighteen of the top 21 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the DFW Metroplex recruit UT Dallas graduates.
The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is one of the nation's largest urban areas, with shopping, entertainment venues, five major sports teams, museums and art galleries and places for outdoor running, biking, hiking and skating. Area attractions include the Fort Worth Stockyards, the Dallas and Fort Worth zoos, Fair Park, the Dallas World Aquarium, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Kimbell and Amon Carter museums and the Dallas Arts District. Major sports teams include the Dallas Cowboys and their $1.2 billion stadium, the Dallas Mavericks, the Dallas Stars, the Texas Rangers and the soccer team FC Dallas. Dallas's vibrant music scene covers the spectrum-rock, jazz, blues, country, classical and more.
To get to all these venues, the University offers free DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) gold passes to students, giving unlimited access to buses, light rail and the University's own Comet Cruiser line that runs to local businesses and grocery stores near campus.
The University of Texas at Dallas offers nearly 140 academic programs across its eight schools. Undergraduate degrees include:
Freshman Year Experience
To help students with the transition to college life, UT Dallas offers two-day orientation programs that include the option to stay overnight in the Freshman Residence Hall. New students are advised on mastering their courses, meeting new friends and learning more from their advisors. Freshman Convocation, held the day before fall classes begin, provides an official welcome ceremony for all incoming students.
The Honors College at the University of Texas at Dallas, available to students in each of the University’s schools, houses eight programs dedicated to promoting excellence in undergraduate education. Three programs offer a four-year experience, including The Collegium V Honors Program, The National Merit Scholars Program and The UT Dallas Terry Scholars Program. All programs provide ambitious student scholars the intellectual, social, cultural and financial support necessary for their preparation as future leaders. The remaining five programs in the Honors College enrich the academic experience of matriculated UT Dallas students. The Office of Distinguished Scholarships provides information, guidance and mentoring to students applying for nationally competitive scholarship and fellowship programs.
UT Dallas encourages students seeking study abroad opportunities. Faculty and staff actively help students identify and apply for competitive programs with prestigious international universities. Students secure opportunities as varied as their interests. They have worked with an international research team in Ireland studying Lou Gehrig's disease, conducted a study on cognition and depression in Scotland and collected public policy data in Zimbabwe. Faculty also lead travel study experiences in locales such as Costa Rica, South Africa, South Korea and Spain.
Campus Facilities and Equipment
The Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building is a 155,000-square-foot facility which houses programs in arts and technology, visual arts and emerging media and communication, as well as a 1,200-seat lecture hall.
The Bioengineering and Sciences building is the newest research facility on campus. Located on the north side of campus, the building's labs and research spaces are designed to cultivate the cross-disciplinary collaborations for which UT Dallas is renowned. The building is home to bioengineering and neuroscience with additional research space that supports collaboration among researchers in biology, physics, chemistry and electrical and mechanical engineering.
The Career Center offers a variety of services for students during all stages of their job search. Licensed professional career counselors provide career assessments and mock interview training. A full-time resume editor helps prepare resumes and cover letters, business communications and personal statements. The center also has career workshops and an online job-search data base and helps students find internships for the summer or school year. Because DFW is one of the nation's busiest and fastest growing business regions, UT Dallas graduates are highly recruited by leading local and national companies and receive prestigious graduate fellowships, scholarships and advanced research opportunities. Eighty-eight percent of a recent UT Dallas graduating class reported employment or continuing education upon graduation. Graduates have received job offers from corporations such as Amazon, Citigroup, Exxon Mobil, Hewlett Packard, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, Texas Instruments and Xerox.
Student Success Center
The Student Success Center is part of the Office of Undergraduate Education and is a portal to educational enhancement and success. Our student success team members help students achieve their academic goals, whether it is through individualized tutoring, peer-led team learning, supplemental instruction or coordinated group study. Services include a math lab, writing center and testing center. Success coaches help with time management, navigating the University and personalized plans for studying.
Tuition, Room, Board and Fees
|Texas Resident||Out of State|
|Tuition and Fees||$12,162||$33,654|
|Books and Supplies||$1,200||$1,200|
|Room and Board||$10,668||$10,668|
Note: For residents of Oklahoma, tuition is the Texas resident rate shown plus $30 per semester credit hour.
The Financial Aid Office awards scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students based on financial need, residency status and other criteria specific to the scholarship program. UT Dallas participates in all federal and state need-based financial aid programs, including grants, loans and work study.
All first-time college freshmen are considered for an Academic Excellence Scholarship Award, which range from $3,000 per semester up to complete coverage of tuition and fees.
The Guaranteed Tuition Plan is designed to help new students and their families better plan for the cost of a college education. It gives students a four-year, locked-in rate on up to 15 credit hours per semester.
The Tuition Promise dedicates resources to cover the tuition and mandatory fees for newly enrolling students whose families earn $25,000 or less annually and who meet the program’s academic and financial criteria.
Transfer students are considered for scholarship awards based on incoming transfer GPA and membership in organizations such as Phi Theta Kappa.
Scholarships offered through private sources are available throughout the academic year. Students apply for these scholarships through either a University scholarship committee or the specific donor.
McDermott Scholars, selected from top students across the country, have educational expenses - including tuition and fees and stipends for living expenses, books, travel and post-graduation preparation — covered for four years. They also participate in a wide variety of cultural and educational enrichment experiences in the Dallas area and beyond.
Terry Scholars are Texas students nominated for their leadership potential and academic ability. The scholarships cover a broad range of student expenses over four years of study, including tuition and fees, housing, books and living expenses. Terry Scholars also have access to a broad range of academic, service, cultural, social and leadership opportunities intended to enhance their undergraduate experience.
Student Organizations and Activities
Student organizations sponsor a variety of activities for the campus including service projects and community outreach. With more than 300 registered student organizations at UT Dallas, it is easy for students to get connected. UT Dallas is also home to nearly 25 national Greek-letter fraternities and sororities, 13 competitive athletic teams and 26 club sports. The School of Arts and Humanities presents an average of 50 artistic, musical and theatrical events a year. The UT Dallas chess team has won state, national and international titles and regularly represents the University in the Final Four of Chess.
Students balance studies with creative physical activities. While the Activity Center features a fully equipped recreational sports facility with racquetball; squash, basketball courts and an indoor swimming pool, UT Dallas students enjoy intense competitions in water polo, rock climbing and Oozeball, a mud splattered volleyball tournament. Our students' ideas and visions for the University have become reality. From writing the alma mater and the fight song to founding the Greek System, the cheerleading squad, the Power Dancers and the student radio station, to helping design the freshman residence hall and campus dining facility, our students are making a difference.
To apply to UT Dallas, all students should submit an application for admission, which is available at Apply Texas. Applicants are required to submit official copies of all past academic transcripts, test scores and other degree specific documentation by the appropriate application deadlines to be considered for admission to The University of Texas at Dallas.
Official electronic or printed and sealed transcripts may be delivered to the Office of Admission and Enrollment Services directly from the educational institution. All materials submitted in the process of completing the application become the property of the University and will not be returned to the applicant.
Students in good standing from an accredited Texas high school who are in the top 10% of their high school class receive assured admission to UT Dallas. Applicants who have an SAT of 1270 or higher, old SAT (prior to March 2016) of 1200 (combined math and critical reading) or higher, a composite ACT score of 26 or greater and have completed the full Texas recommended college-track high school curriculum are also eligible for assured admission to the University.
Students who do not meet the automatic admission criteria are reviewed using their high school rank, strength of high school curriculum, SAT or ACT scores, record of accomplishments, Essay Topic A on their application and letters of recommendation.
Application Fees and Deadlines
All fees are non-refundable.
The application fee is $50.
Applicants with international academic documents will be assessed an additional foreign credential evaluation fee of $50.
All supporting documents and transcripts, with the exception of courses in progress, must be postmarked by the Completed Application Deadline (see Deadlines for U.S. Citizens and Residents chart below).
A new application must be completed and submitted for consideration for any subsequent semester for all incomplete applications after the Documentation Deadline.
Deadlines for all freshmen and international transfer applicants
|Fall Full-Term||January 15||May 1|
|Spring Full-Term||May 15||October 1|
|Summer||October 15||March 1|
Deadlines for Domestic Transfer Applicants
|Fall Full-Term||January 15||July 1|
|Spring Full-Term||May 15||November 1|
|Summer||October 15||May 1|
Questions related to undergraduate admissions should be addressed to:
Office of Admission and Enrollment
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 West Campbell Road
Richardson, Texas 75080-3021
Telephone: 00 + 1 + 972-883-2270
Fax: 00 + 1 + 972-883-2599